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Oct 26, 2012

[Tokyo Shimbun] Our Newspaper to Be Awarded Kikuchi Kan Prize for “Spirit of Courageous Journalists” in Coverage of Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Information from Mr. Masatoshi Takeshita posted on his blog – October 16, 2012 –

English translation of a Japanese article of Tokyo Shimbun – October 16, 2012 –

* about Tokyo Shimbun : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Shimbun *

Our Newspaper to Be Awarded Kikuchi Kan Kikuchi Prize for “Spirit of Courageous Journalists” in Coverage of Nuclear Power Plant Accident

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature announced on 15th that it would award the 60th Kikuchi Kan Prize to “Nuclear Power Plant Accident News Crew (current crew)” of Tokyo Shinbun (issued by Tokyo Head Office of Chunichi Shimbun) and others.  Other prizewinners include Mr. Ken Takakura, actor, and Ms. Ayako Sono, writer.  Prize money is 1 million yen a prizewinner.  An award presentation ceremony will be held in Tokyo in early December.

Our newspaper was awarded the prize for spirit of courageous journalists with which we have investigated and have reported why Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant accident occurred and have continued accusing the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company of trying to conceal information.  This is the second winning of the prize since the coverage of Lockheed Scandal trials “Crime of Prime Minister to be Judged” (in 1982).

Other prizewinners and prize-winning reasons are as follows: (Honorific titles are omitted)

*Ayako Sono – She made long-year achievements as literary person and critical essayist.  She has devoted to poverty alleviation activities in developing countries.

*Ken Takakura – Ha has been active as movie star in the movie industry for half-century, whose new film is “To You” and has pursued his own unique path.

*Makoto Kondo – As a pioneer of breast preserving surgical operation in cancer treatment, he expressed pioneer opinions on toxicity of anticancer drug and risks of extended surgery and raised awareness for the operation.

*Kaori Icho and Saori Yoshida – At the London Olympic Games, they won gold medals in female wrestling.  They achieved the third consecutive victory as the first Japanese females.

*Japanese Crested Ibis Protection Center in Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture – The center has been steadily engaged in artificial breeding and releasing into the wild.  It succeeded in breeding the birds in the natural environment in April this year for the first time in 36 years.

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